sewing "workout wear"

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Well, I have decided to make my own work-out clothes since I can't seem to
find just what I want in the stores. (Not everyone wants their workout wear
skin tight).  I have found some wick-away lycra for the top. I am wondering
what to use for the shorts, and especially the liner for the shorts (like
men's swim trunks).
I thought I would use a regular pattern and do some color blocking for the
top in different colors, then just bind the shorts with one of the colors
from the top.
I would greatly appreciate any tips from anyone who has worked with this
fabric before and/or made work-out clothing.

Kirsten



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I am also trying to make wick-away sports tops and shorts, close fitting to
wear in place of regular underwear (I perspire profusely).
I haven't made any before and I'm not 100% sure of the  fabrics that are
used.
I bought what was billed as a wick-away fabric but you wouldn't want to use
this fabric alone, teeny slits.  And which side goes against the skin?
Most sports bras have a smooth exterior at least, but what is this made of.
My guess from what I've read is that it is a cotton/lycra blend.  I hope so,
I just bought 15 yds in 3 colors.

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Does this need any other liner?  My first thought would be yes,  but again
what specific fabric. Cotton diaper fabric?

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I'm with you, more information is needed.
AK in PA



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AK&DStrohl ( snipped-for-privacy@enter.net) writes:
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Retail wicking gear is polyester (brand name varies by manufacturer),
or poly/spandex (same), no cotton. It comes in a variety of weaves and
finishes many of which don't have that slick polyester hand and feel if
not exactly cotton-y maybe sort of cotton-blend-y or rayon-y.

In retail athletic shorts the liner is a knit polyester with a soft
hand. This is what retail wicking underwear is made of as well. I think
adding a layer of cotton would defeat the idea of using the wicking
fibers-- the cotton holds moisture a lot longer than the wicking fibers
do.


For sources for wicking fabrics you might try:

Seattle Fabrics. http://www.seattlefabrics.com/stretch.html#Wicking %
20Lycras .

Quest Outfitters. http://www.questoutfitters.com/wicking_fabrics.htm .
Nice summaries of the differences between the different options.

The Rain Shed. The only ones with Coolmax (first and best known of the
wicking fibers, but lesser names work well too), AFAICT.  
http://www.therainshed.com/ .

All of these have samples/swatches available.

HTH, and apologies if you knew this stuff already.

-Sara the lurker

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My suggestion is that you contact Penny,Kirsten she knows you to be a
regular poster and AK if you let her know that you  have become a
regular here I'm sure she can help. Her web addy is:
http://www.specialtyoutdoors.com/default.asp
  and her email is: snipped-for-privacy@specialtyoutdoors.com.
She has always been willing to help people who post here.she knows more
about using these kind of fabrics than anyone.
Juno

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Thanks Juno, I was thinking about Penny and wondering where she went.

Kirsten



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Thanks Sara.  I have looked at Seattle fabrics but didn't really see what I
needed (or didn't know what I was looking for).  I will try to the other 2.
They are getting $35-$40 for these wicking tops and I know I could make them
more attractive, especially with my new Huskylock- the one with the biggest
number.

Kirsten



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I'd like to second Sara's suggestion of The Rain Shed.  I've dealt with
them for years and their quality and service has always been excellent.

Doreen in Alabama


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AK&DStrohl ( snipped-for-privacy@enter.net) writes:
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I happened to come across this in a catalog today:
http://www.titlenine.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=2283
&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=674&iSubCat=680&iProductID=2283

Wicking undies. Fabric is Coolmax Alta.

-Sara

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Sara,
Thanks for thinking of me.  I do see a "titlenine" catalog on a semi-regular
from someone at work.   They don't make things large enough for me.
AK in PA



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AK&DStrohl wrote:
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I don't know what you're looking for, but have you checked
http://www.junonia.com? They carry pretty large sizes.

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